For Jurgen Klopp there was a handicap in what appeared to be a perfect day in the Manchester rain.
The Liverpool manager lost two midfielders to injury and Manchester United may soon lose their coach.
The exits of James Milner and Naby Keita, the latter on a stretcher after Paul Pogba’s red card lunge, were no joke at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was crestfallen when United delivered five goals against Liverpool on Sunday.
But among Liverpool fans, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future has long been one.
Overall, the consensus at the western end of East Lancs Road is that while United’s ongoing struggle with irrelevance is enduring and graciously welcome, no one wants them to be so is bad.
With Solskjaer at the wheel, United will surely never win the Premier League. If he finally falls through the ice that continues to weaken under his feet, then United may start to look like a soccer team again.
For now, Solskjaer stumbles blindly, but if the trend set in recent games against Everton, Leicester, Atalanta and now Liverpool continues, surely the Norwegian will not be able to do so for much longer.
The Norwegian admitted that his team was ‘on the ground’ after a gloomy capitulation
The Norwegian and his players were booed at halftime after a chaotic 45 minutes.
This was a surrender of the Solskjaer team to a great rival who continues to set exemplary standards. Played on the 10th anniversary of their 6-1 loss here against Manchester City, it felt worse even than that.
That was an extraordinary day in itself, but it’s worth noting that City only led 3-1 in the 90th minute. Roberto Mancini’s team scored three in injury time and ultimately won their first Premier League title by United goal difference on the last day of the season.
Here, this game was almost over in the 38th minute when Mo Salah scored Liverpool’s third goal. There was not going to be a big comeback and as such United’s interest in the title, as it stood, has already been extinguished.
United are seventh in the standings this morning, one point ahead of Wolves and two points ahead of Brentford. What is concerning for Solskjaer, he is now in Moyes / Van Gaal / Mourinho territory.
Mo Salah became the first player to score a Premier League hat-trick at Old Trafford
The Egyptian scored three times in 12 minutes on either side of halftime as Liverpool rampaged
The three coaches who passed through here before him had their teams in seventh, fifth and sixth when they were fired and the obvious pattern is not a match.
United’s owners, the Glazer family, say they crave sporting success, but what terrifies them the most is exclusion from the Champions League.
When deficiencies in the field point the way to financial deficiencies, your opinion of your manager’s safety begins to change a bit.
So the threat to Solskjaer is now real. By right, you should go. He has been in charge of this United team for almost three years and is now overseeing a drift that threatens to turn catastrophic.
United were completely humiliated and never seemed to put a glove on Liverpool
José Mourinho’s last game in charge against Manchester United was against Liverpool
Mourinho’s last game as United manager was also against Liverpool, on December 16, 2018. On that day at Anfield, United were disorganized, vulnerable and without spirits. They reeked of an inferiority complex.
Yesterday, all that and more was revealed once again. United, brimming with offensive talent and with more people sitting on the substitute bench, were in the game for about a quarter of an hour.
They carried a latent threat every time they managed to find a way between Liverpool’s defensive screen and their four defenses.
But when the magic did not come from the feet of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes or Mason Greenwood, United stayed to try to control the pale jerseys that swarmed towards them at the other end with all the security and confidence of schoolchildren trying to hold out. in the sand.
Bruno Fernandes missed a glorious opportunity to give United an early lead in the first half
Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo failed to give United offensive spark
At United, this is no longer a matter of personnel. Sure, they need a player to hold them and their best central defender is injured.
But the porous way this United team presents itself when opponents have the ball in the middle third is alarming and fundamentally indicative of a desperate coaching problem.
The same thing happened in Leicester eight days earlier. At King Power, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic were the celebratory couple. The first does not mentally adapt to the role and the second no longer has athleticism. United sent four goals.
Fans left Old Trafford with United 4-0 down against Liverpool at halftime
This time the job was handed over to Brazilian Fred and Scott McTominay, but it didn’t make much of a difference.
With United’s four forwards offering only token assistance, Liverpool’s energy, intelligence and speed of thought saw him play forward into dangerous areas with almost no resistance.
As a coach, it’s the kind of thing you see happen and you fix it. Solskjaer does not seem capable, neither between games nor during them. You wonder what happens in Carrington on a daily basis. Target practice maybe?
Sir Alex Ferguson cut a heartbroken figure in the stands as United felt humiliated on Sunday
In the stands and, indeed, in the directors’ box, the story of this seismic afternoon was told in equal color.
‘Ole Must Stay’ sang in the visitors’ section while in the elegant seats Kenny Dalglish looked like he had just birdied the 18th at Royal Birkdale.
As for Sir Alex Ferguson? His favorite club is broken. Again.